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I'VE READ ONLINE THAT IN SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD, NOTABLY EUROPE AND THE USA, EMPLOYEES CAN DOUBLE THEIR INCOME MERELY BY OBTAINING A MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (OTHERWISE KNOWN AS AN MBA). Whether the MBA confers similar star status in Malaysia, a country where salaries are based on position rather than qualification, is a debatable point... but in any case, it will certainly give you a boost. If you get a job outside of Malaysia, the boost will be that much greater. Koon Mei Ching from JobStreet Malaysia writes: "Should you be lucky enough to get hired overseas by a consultancy or banking firm fresh out of a top 10 ranked MBA programme, starting pay packages can average about USD $120,000-$160,000, depending on the MBA school (e.g. $80K base salary + $20K signing bonus + $20K 1st year bonus). Some of these jobs (eg, finance) balloon to $200-$300k+ within 2-3 years out of school." The calibre of the institution counts a lot. In the 2012 ranking of the world's best MBA courses, a number of Asian institutions scored, among them Singapore's NUS School of Business, Singapore's Nanyang Business School, and HKUST Business School, which finished in the top 10. While Malaysian institutions did not feature, the country nonetheless offers a wide range of MBA courses. For a comprehensive list, click here.

On Uniguru, a resource for Indians studying abroad, a poster writes: "Malaysia has some High Quality Universities and also quite a few average class colleges and Universities. So if you do your MBA from a International quality University or College, then you will not face difficulty in finding jobs in Malaysia or Singapore or Back in India. Look at Universities like Nottingham, Swinburne, Curtin, etc or Public Universities like UTM, UPM, UM, etc."

As the poster above points out, there are good MBA courses in Malaysia, and some not so good ones. Foremost among them, perhaps, is the MBA programme at Universiti Putra Malaysia's Graduate School of Management. UPM-GSM's MBA course comprises 10 core courses (30 credit hours), four elective courses (12 credit hours), a business research methods or case writing analysis (three credit hours) and a case study or project paper (three credit hours). The core courses are accounting for decision making, business law and ethics, operations management, financial management, management information systems, managerial economics, marketing management, Human Resource management, organisational behaviour, and strategic management. Electives include Islamic finance, promotion management, cross-cultural management and E-marketing. Course fees range from RM25,900 (for local students taking morning classes) to RM43,800 (for international students). Evening classes for local students cost RM26,350 for the entire course.

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UNIGURU (THE AFOREMENTIONED) POINT OUT ON THEIR WEBSITE, THAT THERE ARE 51 MBA COURSES CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED IN MALAYSIA. Quite a few of them seem to be run by institutions in the UK, either through distance learning, or locally established campuses. Generally, course fees are cheaper at public universities than private ones: expect to pay RM15,000-20,000 for a public university MBA, and RM21,000-30,000 for a private university MBA.

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Edinburgh Business School (EBS): Represented in Malaysia by BEAT Consultancy Sdn. Bhd (Sarawak). Phone: (+6085) 437 924. Email: ththam@pc.jaring.my. Website: website here.
The last time I checked (August 2012), Edinburgh Business School had 72 students studying in Malaysia, and 1165 Malaysian graduates. EBS programmes can be studied and assessed in either English or Chinese. The school is part of Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS): Malaysia Campus.
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor, Darul Ehsan. Phone: (+60) 389 248 000. Fax: (+60) 389 248 019. Web: website here.
The university's website says: "Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) is a leading centre for management education and its mission is to be a top-ranked international business school, excellent in both teaching and research. We offer top quality AMBA-accredited MBA programmes which are highly valued by corporations worldwide, and recognised as ideal preparation for senior positions in the public and private sectors. Our graduates are highly sought after in the job market, with many alumni holding senior management positions both in Malaysia and internationally..."

The MBA courses at NUBS consist a core program and one of three specialisations: Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (Finance) and Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship). Students wishing to study overseas can take up to two approved modules at NUBS' campuses in the UK or China, or at its partner institution in Singapore. Open University: .
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR): Campuses at Petaling Jaya, Sungai Long, Kuala Lumpur and Perak. Email: info@utar.edu.my. Web: website here. Facebook: connect here.
UTAR is one of Malaysia's fastest growing private universities with a particular focus on Chinese studies, and the institution offers two MBAs by coursework out of its Sungai Long campus: one a general MBA, the other specialising in corporate governance. Two elective majors can be chosen, from the following list: strategic human resource management, business consulting skills, business negotiation, Malaysian mergers and acquisition, and taxation for managers.

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HERE AT CROWDED WORLD WE LIKE NOTHING BETTER THAN FINDING THE CHEAPEST OF ANYTHING, WHETHER IT BE THE CHEAPEST PRE-LOVED CLOTHES IN TOKYO, JAPAN (THAT'S NOW OVER AT VAGABONDIC!), OR THE BEST OF BUDGET FLIGHTS (MOVING SOON!) In this vein, we have set it upon ourselves, to find the cheapest MBA in Malaysia, and the cheapest MBA in the world. You would think India would have the lowest course fees, but then again, maybe not.

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YOU HAVE DECIDED TO COME AND STUDY IN MALAYSIA -- WELL, HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST? Malaysia is one of the cheapest countries in the world to study in, and that is a big reason it is so popular with overseas students.

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OF COURSE, ONE OF THE BIGGEST BENEFITS OF GETTING AN MBA IS THE BUSINESS NETWORK THAT YOU BUILD UP ON THE WAY. As Baudrillard might have said, this is the age of the network... Thanks to the advent of the Internet, this is much easier than it ever was in the past.

University of Malaya (Graduate School of Business): LinkedIn.
This group is for MBA students of University of Malaya, with the help of this group we will be in contact forever.

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OVER AT LINKED IN'S VINA HR NEED HELP TO STUDY? Here are some scholarship programs for those undertaking MBA courses:

London School of Business and Finance (LSBF): Campuses in the United Kingdom, Canada and Singapore; regional offices in Hong Kong, India and Pakistan. Email: slee@lsbf.org.uk. Web: website here. Phone: +44 (0) 20 3535 1122, +60 12 304 6623.
I received an email from Kay Islam, senior postgraduate programme consultant for InterActive and London School of Business and Finance, in the United Kingdom, concerning their Global MBA programme. "We understand that fitting a postgraduate study programme into an already busy schedule can be difficult," Islam wrote. "We also realise that your personal situation and the amount of time you are able to commit to studying may change over time. With this in mind, we would like to present to you the portfolio of postgraduate degrees, available to study 100% online with InterActive. So if you’re thinking about committing to a postgraduate degree, but are unsure how much time you can spend studying from week-to-week; this might just be the perfect solution for you.
Islam went on to write: "Scholarships and flexible payment plans are available for qualified candidates. Early applicants have the advantage of being awarded with the highest grants and this is why we highly encourage students to submit their application within the set deadlines. I will be more than happy to assist you in your scholarship application."
Intakes are held every January, April, July and October.

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OVER AT LINKED IN'S VINA HR NETWORK, WHERE I AM A MEMBER, A CERTAIN SATYA STARTED A THREAD WITH THE QUESTION: "Which are the Top 10 Government Business Schools in Vietnam providing MBA course? What is the criteria for enrollment ? Please help me to understand."
MARA - Majlis Amanah Rakyat Malaysia ASEAN - ASEAN Scholarship TEL - Telekom Scholarship THS - The Star Education Fund SEC - Securities Commission TEN - Tenaga Nasional JPG - Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Nelson Mandela Endowment Scholarship at INSEAD Business School: Full-time MBA for Africans, to study in France or Singapore.

It seems like there are many Malaysians in Australia these days, starting food blogs and producing comedy for Australian TV, and presumably a lot of them are studying as well. Faculty of Business & Management
Faculty of Education, Arts & Social Sciences
Faculty of Engineering and Technical Studies
Faculty of Information Technology & Multimedia Communication
Faculty of Science
Centre for Graduate Studies
School of Life Long Learning

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OUM is now offering the Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (Honours) programme to meet the country's acute need for more specialist nurses. This two-year programme enables those with the Diploma In Nursing to pursue further studies in the health and medical fields.
"OUM university has held discussions with Health Ministry and Malaysian Nursing Board on its plan to offer this degree programme. The programme is offered to holders of a basic diploma in nursing who are registered with the national nursing board, OUM receives overwhelming response from all parties as the programme is unique based on its flexibility. The programme focuses on clinical expertise and direct involvement implemented via clinical training at participating hospitals.
"Health Ministry and several teaching hospitals offer clinical training for those taking the programme. The ministry has allowed OUM to use clinical facilities at 21 government hospitals nationwide. OUM has also received the nod from Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) for the same purpose.
"Among the cooperation agreed is the utilisation of clinical facilities for six fields:
> Trauma and Emergency Nursing
> Critical Care Nursing
> Mental Health Nursing
> Paediatrics Nursing
> Renal Nursing
> Oncology Nursing
"Senior nurses at participating hospitals will function as clinical supervisors. They will give direct teaching and supervision in wards based on the printed and electronic modules issued. Students will be supplied with the laboratory skills virtual aid to help them prepare for the clinical training.
"There is currently a high demand for male nurses, OUM also encourages more men to apply for the course. The government wants males to join the nursing profession and its target is to produce 300 male nurses from the 3,000 qualified nurses produced every year..."

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Upcoming GAMBA Information Session in Taipei: February 26, 2013.
is Malaysia's first private, non-profit tertiary institution dedicated to working adults. It is also only the second Internet-driven open university in Malaysia. "Negotiation today is a core competence for virtually all managers and 'not merely an important skill to be wheeled out for special occasions'. The most critical managerial problems today involve mis-aligned interests and perceptions with clients, partners, and adversaries as well as with colleagues within your organization. Virtually all negotiation training today focuses only on one dimension -'tactics at the table'. This consistently presents too many loopholes for failure through poor communication, cross-cultural gaffes, fixation on a bargaining 'position', etc.

Wawasan Open University (WOU) opened its door on 22nd January 2007 with an initial offering of 11 undergraduate degree programmes under three faculties - the science and technology, business administration and foundation studies. Courses include degrees in information systems, computing science & artificial intelligence, business information systems, accounting and sales & marketing. The cost of an undergraduate programme is about RM16,000.

680 students had already enrolled with the university, which has four study centers located in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh and Johor Baru.

Wasawan Open University is now up and online and offers programmes in three Schools (Science and Technology, Business and Administration, and Foundation Studies.) Some of the courses covered are Bachelor of Technology in Electronic Commerce, Bachelor of Business in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Bachelor of Business in Sales and Marketing.



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